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Kerala Kalamandalam, Thrissur
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  • Now a university, kerala kalamandalam is unique in many ways , especially for art lovers this is a must visit place, every now and then interesting programs will be there 
  • Located at the Cultural capital of Kerala State in India, this is a historic place where all different types of Dance training center including KATHAKALI, Ottamthullal, dances etc. Good place for who ...  more »
  • I was very excited to visit the Kalamandalam. I am a Bharatanatyam dancer - so I understand the rigor of training these young students endur. I was very inspired to watch practice and moved to see the...  more »
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  • Located at the Cultural capital of Kerala State in India, this is a historic place where all different types of Dance training center including KATHAKALI, Ottamthullal, dances etc. Good place for who wants to study/research.I recommend that all foreign and domestic travelers visit this amazing institution and also support them with money.Now a university, kerala kalamandalam is unique in many ways , especially for art lovers this is a must visit place, every now and then interesting programs will be there
  • Kerala Kalamandalam at Cheruthuruthy in Thrissur district is a premier institute in the field of performing arts. It was founded by the famous Malayalam novelist Padmabhooshan Vallathol Narayana Menon in 1930. The institution trains and provides a platform for artists to stage their performances in performing art disciplines like Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyaattam, Thullal and Panchavaadyam. This is one destination which no art lover can miss it in one’s lifetime. History The founder Padmabhooshan Vallathol Narayana Menon’s interaction with Noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan inspired him to take the institution to new heights at world level. He worked hard towards in this direction and as a result this institution today is renowned world institute of art and culture. His effort was aided by efforts from western enthusiasts of arts. Dr. Clifford Jones and his wife Betty True Jones who had great interest in Kathakali and Mohiniyattam took the Kalamandalam’s repute known to the world. Many others like Dr. Phillip Zarrilli, Dr. Farley Richmond and many more had contributions towards enriching the Kalamandalam’s repute all around the world. The Kalamandalam receives financial assistance from various organisations like Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Kerala, Department of Culture, Government of India, The South Zone Cultural Centre, Tanjavur and the Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi. Courses Offered The Kalamandalam follows the Gurukul system of training and is a residential centre of learning where students are expected to stay within the campus. Classes start as early as 4.30 am in the morning and continue till late night in art forms like Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyaattam, Thullal and Music. The students bond with their teachers and the devotion generated by the teachers in the students towards the art forms is truly spiritual and exemplary. The artists from this University are well renowned all over the state and the world. Training here is highly formalised and like in any other Universities. Students who wish to get trained here join the three-year Art High School Leaving Certificate Course (AHSLC) which involves study on performing arts as well as academic study. After completion of AHSLC, students have to join the Plus Two Course and then the B.A. Degree in Performing Arts. Later they can opt for M. Phil and Ph. D programs in two faculties known as Faculty of Performing Arts and Faculty of Cultural Studies. The university also offers courses on cultural studies, cultural journalism, multimedia, mass communication, women studies, documentation etc. At the end of all these courses students are expected to write exams on the subjects chosen by them and pass with good numbers.
  • Great place of vallathol memorial which shows the entire traditional value of arts,music,dance etc Love this place...
  • Kerala's beauty and Culture. We are proud of KERALA KALAMADALAM . Kerala's Kalamadalam .......................🐱
  • It is the real soul of arts and music forms in Kerala. Every tourists not only locals but also foreigners interested for visit and arrange a vacation holidays spend in this world famous institute in Kerala.